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BBS Learners test their blockchain projects on Ethereum to earn Developer Certificate
By Azaleta Ishmael-Newry
Feb 15, 2022 - 3:56:18 PM

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Rodgeno Albury, a High School Graduate is shown with his recently earned Ethereum Developer Certificate from ConsenSys through a partnership with the Blockchain Business School and non-profit Harness All Possibilities.

Nassau, Bahamas – Four Bahamian participants from the 2021 Blockchain Business School (BBS), ages 13 to their late 20’s, are earning their developer’s certificates to become blockchain developers. Engagement in an intense 11-week blockchain Bootcamp offered by world-renowned ConsenSys Academy, exposed this cohort to powerful industry knowledge and hands-on instruction to test their projects on Ethereum.  

Rhonda McDeigan-Eldridge, founder and curator of Harness All Possibilities (HAP) and BBS was proud of these learners, among more than 1,400 global novices.  Rashan Smith and Jonnell Emmanuel of New Providence are two women under the age of 30 who were sponsored by E&Y Bahamas. While teens, Rodeno Albury, 17 and Phelton Petit, 13, were recommended by mentor Ryan Austin of BYTE Bahamas focused on STEM programs.

Phelton Petit was the youngest participant at age13 in the latest cohort of the Blockchain Business School/ConsenSys Academy Blockchain Developer program.

Global cross-generational BBS students included Layla Abdulla, a programmer in Egypt, Kathryn Corkish, a high school student in Cayman Islands, Michael Saunders, a University student from Turks & Caicos, and Daval Gregory, a software engineer in Cayman Islands.

Live weekly interactive presentations by top blockchain leaders, a Discord (social media) community, and support from champion mentors, helped these learners sharpen their soft and hard skills and expand their knowledge. Over 40 Blockchain firms provided insights on their protocols and opportunities for internships, projects, research, analysts and remote work.    

Equal to one semester of a science course, the learn2earn experience was facilitated by HAP in partnership with ConsenSys Academy. A robust business, technology and developer community allowed participants to learn fundamental Ethereum concepts, key tools, security best practices, and smart contract/dApp development…Including web 3, and building on the Ethereum platform.” (Source www.consensys.net/academy).

Rashan Smith is a Blockchain Business School mentor and an app developer who recently earned her Ethereum Developer Certificate from ConsenSys Academy and has joined a DOA to work remotely and use her new Blockchain skills.

Mentor Ryan Austin shared, “Rodgeno utilized JavaScript which he had learned at the summer program to build a time lock wallet. He further incorporated that knowledge into this Bootcamp by building and testing his smart contract in the Truffle development environment before placing it on the Ethereum testnet Blockchain. Neither he nor Phelton understood how to do this just a few months ago. So this means that we have young Bahamians being exposed to, and working in the emerging field of Blockchain development.”  An Ethereum testnet is a collection of nodes that are used to test the Ethereum protocol. (Source: www.ethereum.org).    

In early February 2022, Rodgeno Albury received his Ethereum Developer’s Certificate. “It feels awesome! Despite the rough times, I succeeded and made it on top!” said Albury who graduated from North Eleuthera High School in 2021 and will continue practicing his skills and looking for work in the blockchain space.

Jonnell Emmanuel participated in the 11-week ConsenSys Blockchain Program where she will use her new knowledge to create more decentralized applications.

Upon learning that Albury had earned his certificate, Austin was proudly commented, “From our very first virtual coding class Rodgeno displayed a hunger to learn and solve problems that made him a joy to work with. On this project, Rodgeno simply figured it out. He really challenged himself, changed courses, got stuck and that led to greater understanding. By the time he submitted his final project he had taken apart and rebuilt and debugged his solution so often that he fully understood every component of building in Web3 for his application. You could not get a better job candidate for this emerging Web3 space.”

Rashan Smith, recently earned her Ethereum Developer’s Certificate as well.  She had also mentored learners in coding and worked with developing BBS’s website. She is a cloud-native application developer and was part of the inaugural 2019 Youth Blockchain Hackathon and Conference held in New Providence. “Until that time, I had not had a conceptual understanding of Blockchain,” she said. “I took the ConsenSys program to improve my skillset in emerging technology and coding with Blockchain has definitely strengthened my skills.”

Smith said that she can now create an application that involves crypto transactions and participate in a DOA (Decentralized Autonomous Organization - that has no central leadership and is run by a group of people). “I am onboarding with a DOA right now and it’s exciting. I get to work with people from all over the world and there are fewer barriers. I’ve completed a smart contract and I have the freedom to control my work schedule.”

Jonnell Emmanuel is an air traffic controller and web developer who became interested in Blockchain so that she can develop secure applications. “This was more than a hobby or interest because previously, I just focused on website development. With my newly gained knowledge, I look forward to creating more decentralized applications."

McDeigan-Eldridge acknowledged the curiosity and persistence of Phelton as the youngest in the cohort who she believes is making history in The Bahamas, and that Rodgeno tapped into some of his key soft skills and competencies; skills sought after in the 21st century workforce and Web3. Furthermore, she applauds Rashan Smith and Jonnell Emmanuel, two women in the tech field, as well as the other global learners who participated in this cohort.  
Joseph Lubin is a co-founder of Ethereum and creator of ConsenSys. HAP is a U.S. 501(c)3 charitable organization registered in Connecticut with partnership programs in The Bahamas. Learn more about BBS at www.242bbs.com.


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